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Black Widow, Alone Against the Tide, and Genesis Noir - Ep132

Black Widow, Alone Against the Tide, and Genesis Noir - Ep132

August 1, 2021

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00:00 - The Calippo Shots generation.

04:38 - A bit of a saga.

07:21 - Black Widow is an action thriller in the MCU that explores some pretty dark and deep themes surrounding the character. It’s a good movie, with extremely visceral action scenes, but it doesn’t feel like a “phase 4” film.

19:40 - The solitaire Call of Cthulhu adventure Alone Against the Tide sits somewhere between Alone Against the Flames and Alone Against the Dark; it’s a solid challenge, but very approachable, with lots of cosy (?) psychological horror.

32:45 - Our pal Damien Faulkner asks the hardest question we’ve had to answer: just what are the must have Switch games?

45:43 - Genesis Noir is like an interactive art installation; a monochrome, film noir point and click theme, inspired by the works of Italo Calvino. It’s from Feral Cat Den and Fellow Traveller Games, and it’s wonderful.

55:07 - Getting Busy with the Knizy, and his latest games! Lost Cities: Roll & Write is from Kosmos, and it's a game that gives the Lost Cities feeling (obviously), but it's more approachable and, importantly, you can play it on a couch. AND we look at Royal Visit from Coiledspring Games and Iello, that has just enough edge and grit to its tug of war gameplay to make it super engaging.

All that, and The Kris Turn, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

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Loki, A Gentle Rain, and Imperium - Ep131

Loki, A Gentle Rain, and Imperium - Ep131

July 15, 2021

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00:00 - Sleeping with Stephen Fry.

05:56 - It’s coming home. We’re going out.

09:00 - Marvel’s latest TV series - Loki - has aesthetics that are very reminiscent of A Clockwork Orange but, secretly, it’s the best Doctor Who series yet.

24:43 - The Willington Variants.

26:52 - We get into meditation with Mondo’s A Gentle Rain, an unbearably simple-sounding game, from Kevin Wilson, a person who we thought didn’t make simple games, but who has created a purposefully meditative game that really is an exemplary piece of design.

40:52 - Imperium Classics and Imperium Legends from Osprey Games are part of a set of superb and very generous deck builders that really get across the feeling of building a civilization. Plus giggling about murder, and people we look like from history.

All that, and a lovely spot of ASMR, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

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Overboard!, Blades in the Dark, and EXIT: The Sacred Temple - Ep130

Overboard!, Blades in the Dark, and EXIT: The Sacred Temple - Ep130

July 1, 2021

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00:00 - UEFA Euro 2020 (actually taking place in 2021), plus: it all kicks off.

03:37 - We attempt to get away with murder with the keeping-your-story-straight simulator Overboard!, which appears to have come out of nowhere from inkle - the team behind Sorcery! and Heaven’s Vault. It’s glorious, with superb writing and a unique approach to “open world” game design.

18:00 - Surprise: we’ve joined a cult! But don’t worry, we’re actually only playing John Harper’s Blades in the Dark. Published by Evil Hat Productions, it’s inspired by things like Dishonored, Thief, and Peaky Blinders, with a mechanical focus on cutting to the chase, and a heavy emphasis on telling stories about risks, heists, and murder.

36:45 - A very lazy use for a Fitbit.

43:15 - The brilliant EXIT series from Kosmos has evolved over time in some fascinating directions, and for EXIT: The Sacred Temple it’s grown to include some mysterious new jigsaw puzzles that are incredibly engineered and have pushed the play length out longer and altered the pacing.

All that, and being woken up by DVD menus, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

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Inkling, The Expanse, and Call of the Sea - Ep129

Inkling, The Expanse, and Call of the Sea - Ep129

June 15, 2021

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00:00 - A couple of rounds of toast before bed.

04:51 - Kris’s Special Place, aka Board Beans Cafe.

12:07 - Helvetiq and Coiledspring Games’s GoTown reminds us of Silk and Fluxx, but it has a sense of internal logic that calms the crazy and makes it all make sense in the end. Another “throw it in the bag” game, if ever we saw one.

19:31 - First there was Scrabble, then there was Bananagrams, and now there’s Inkling, an astonishingly good, super accessible word game from Osprey Games that’s an exercise in word chaos.

28:23 - The Expanse and its expansion Doors and Corners from WizKids feels, in some ways, like Geoff Engelstein’s take on Twilight Struggle. It’s got politics, it’s got intrigue, and it’s got some of the same mechanics, but it’s also got science fiction and a more compelling, streamlined experience, and if those things sound good to you, it’s well worth a look.

45:44 - Call of the Sea comes from Out of the Blue and Raw Fury. It’s a brighter, more beautiful take on the Mythos, with touchpoints like Myst, The Witness, and Silent Hill, all the while reminding us of Lovecraft’s ghost written and Dreamlands work.

All that, and The Great British Public, with Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

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It Takes Two, Muffin Time, and Wide Ocean Big Jacket - Ep128

It Takes Two, Muffin Time, and Wide Ocean Big Jacket - Ep128

June 1, 2021

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00:00 - An alternative to exercise?

04:23 - A trip to Yorkshire and an unusual use of steam trains.

09:37 - Master Word is a cross between legacy game, word game, and deduction game, from Scorpion Masque and Coiledspring Games. You’re going to absolutely love it, just like we did.

14:42 - Muffin Time is by the people behind the popular web series asdfmovie and Big Potato Games. We talk about why the Trap Cards are so smart, how it keeps you on your toes at all times, and why you shouldn’t sleep on using the all-powerful blank cards.

26:31 - Hazelight Studios once again proves they’re the leaders in co-op video games experiences, with It Takes Two for PC and consoles. It’s a game for couples, in more ways than one, and when it’s not dropping new mechanics, it’s making you laugh uncomfortably with its dark sense of humour.

42:45 - At an hour long, Wide Ocean Big Jacket demonstrates a rare economy of storytelling in gaming. A well-scoped story, delicately told, with natural dialogue and eminently relatable characters; you really do need to play Turnfollow’s short and sweet adventure for PC and Nintendo Switch.

52:25 - We Make Someone’s Dreams Come True with the competition results from our previous episode about Forks in the Timeline.

All that, and the bath bomb backlog, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

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Unmatched, The Mitchells vs The Machines, and Forks in the Timeline - Ep127

Unmatched, The Mitchells vs The Machines, and Forks in the Timeline - Ep127

May 15, 2021

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00:00 - Golf on a farm and penny pushers.

08:08 - Our first round of Kepler Games’ Forks in the Timeline.

16:44 - When you don’t quite see eye-to-eye with the rest of the family. Plus the excellent The Mitchells vs The Machines, which comes from the same team behind The Lego Movie and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

31:31 - Forks in the Timeline 2: Giraffe Neck Foodaloo!

34:27 - Unmatched: Battle of Legends is a super fun miniatures game featuring the likes of King Arthur, Alice, Medusa, and more that gives us similar vibes to Magic: The Gathering but with a much more approachable feel. It’s from Rob Daviau, Justin D. Jacobson, and Oliver Barrett via Coiledspring Games and Restoration Games. Plus: the campaign to create a Miss Havisham vs Winnie-the-Pooh set starts here.

48:55 - Forks in the Timeline 3: What’s Under The Christmas Tree?

All that, and Mattel Presents: Russian Roulette, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

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Bandido, Outriders, Burgle Bros 2: The Casino Capers, and Mark Robinson of Link To The Cast - Ep126

Bandido, Outriders, Burgle Bros 2: The Casino Capers, and Mark Robinson of Link To The Cast - Ep126

May 1, 2021

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00:00 - How you might know if you’re Unbreakable.

04:38 - Burgle Bros 2: The Casino Capers from Tim Fowers, is the sequel to a board game we first talked about on Episode 1 way back in 2016. Playing as a team of criminals on a caper, sneaking about and trying not to cause a commotion, this impressive follow up to the first game has been well worth the wait.

15:42 - Games you'll put in a bag (working title).

18:36 - The puzzle-like, reverse labyrinth board game Bandido from Helvetiq and Coiledspring Games has a small footprint, but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in quality.

23:05 - The understudy for bread.

29:47 - What the f*** is OUTRIDERS, eh? We find out more about Square Enix’s always online combination of Gears of War and Borderlands, how it relates to Cowboy Bebop, and if it’s really a cover-based shooter if it doesn’t want you to stay in cover?

42:59 - Solo tabletop roleplaying in Chaosium’s Call of Cthulhu, with Alone Against the Dark, a 7+ hour long openworld-ish gamebook of cosmic horror, deadly encounters, and timekeeping.

All that, and chocolate bar conspiracies, with Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), Sam (@MrSamTurner), and Mark (@lithiumproject).

A big thank you to Mark Robinson for joining us. You’ll no doubt remember him from Ep85, or from his excellent video game podcast, Link To The Cast. It’s available on all major podcast platforms, and we highly recommend you give it a listen, including Episode 200, which has a whole lot of wonderful guests (plus Pete) talking about their favourite games of the Xbox One/PlayStation 4 generation.

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The Red Cathedral, MicroMacro: Crime City, and Control: Ultimate Edition - Ep125

The Red Cathedral, MicroMacro: Crime City, and Control: Ultimate Edition - Ep125

April 15, 2021

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00:00 - The great fountain pen hack of the 1990s.

03:02 - MicroMacro: Crime City from Pegasus Spiele is a curious mix of Agatha Christie, Where’s Wally?, and the EXiT series, that just keeps on giving.

15:25 - Joining the PlayStation 5 club, the most exclusive club of them all right now, surely? Also: how (and why) the PS5 tries its best to keep you playing.

34:39 - Control: Ultimate Edition is creatively risky and every bit is expertly crafted, making it a strong contender for the best AAA game of the last ten years.

45:27 - The Red Cathedral is from Llama Dice, and it’s all about Saint Basil's Cathedral (the one with the “ice gems”). It’s beautiful, and it’s super thematic.

58:11 - How 2 rite propa

All that, and a niche joke about the Freemasons, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

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Seastead, Eastshade, Undertale, and Pete Steele of Two Can Play That Game - Ep124

Seastead, Eastshade, Undertale, and Pete Steele of Two Can Play That Game - Ep124

April 1, 2021

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00:00 - Deus ex macbina.

06:54 - The complicated backstory of Bananaman.

10:46 - A bit more on Polis, which we talked about back on Ep122.

15:00 - Seastead’s “altruistic competition”, flexibility in ruleset, and focus on inclusivity is a wonderful special event for two players, from WizKids.

33:28 - Holidaying in virtual worlds, and going for a relaxing wander with Eastshade, where the side quests just might be the main quests.

49:18 - tobyfox's Undertale, and why an annoying dog is representative of so much that’s truly amazing about this gem of an RPG.

All that, and apex predator trash cans, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Sam (@MrSamTurner), and Pete (@PeteySteele).

Thanks again to Pete Steele for joining us. You can (and should!) listen to the excellent show he does with Andrew Miller called Two Can Play That Game - a brilliant board game podcast that focuses on playing and reviewing two player games. Go get it from Apple, Spotify or any of the other places great podcasts are found.

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Quick note: sometimes we'll have been sent a review copy of the thing we're talking about on the podcast. It doesn't skew how we think about that thing, and we don't receive compensation for anything we discuss, but we thought you might like to know this is the case.

Legends of Andor, Celtic, and Space Brothers - Ep123

Legends of Andor, Celtic, and Space Brothers - Ep123

March 15, 2021

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00:00 - The magpie.

08:18 - A birthday and a dirge.

20:54 - Relaxed yet competitive, chilled yet tense, Celtic is a set collection game for the family from The Plastic Soldier Company and Pegasus Spiele that, on paper, shouldn’t work, but it really does. And why there’s a lot of value in going back to old board game mechanics.

35:03 - Most manga is rubbish. Finding good manga for grown ups is difficult. But Space Brothers from Kodansha? It’s consistently excellent, slice of life sci-fi. Plus: more manga recommendations.

46:15 - Michaela Kienle and Michael Menzel’s Legends of Andor, published by Kosmos, is absolutely incredible: it’s sprawling and epic, completely approachable, perfect for the whole family, and something to savour.

All that, and a shower, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero) and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

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Quick note: sometimes we'll have been sent a review copy of the thing we're talking about on the podcast. It doesn't skew how we think about that thing, and we don't receive compensation for anything we discuss, but we thought you might like to know this is the case.

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